POSITIONAL RANKINGS 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 7
With so many transfer trends and varying levels of form impacting the strategies of FPL players around the world, ahead of each Gameweek we will be providing our top ten selections in each position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) for standalone rounds of games. Our player selections will be based purely on our opinion of those players on our watchlist any given week, with may positively sway FPL or Draft players with their own thoughts and decisions heading in to a Gameweek. All aboard.
Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 7 Deadline
For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.
FPL Gameweek 7: Goalkeeper Selections
1) Ederson (MCI) - £5.7m+ - vs. Brighton (H)
Ederson has been the pillar in between the sticks for Man City overseeing back-to-back clean sheets against newly promoted Fulham and Cardiff. A home fixture against Brighton poses a stronger test for Brighton’s defence, especially with Anthony Knockaert in fine form. Nonetheless, the Brazilian has seen a second price rise this season and is the most reliable defensive option from City in what looks like certain points this weekend.
2) Joe Hart (BUR) - £4.5m – vs. Cardiff (A)
New season, new goalkeeper in goal as starting keeper for Burnley, and the same results. Joe Hart’s hit the ground running in the new season with Burnley, registering a second clean sheet of the season, and 9 Fantasy points, in a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth. With a point to prove, Hart has made 32 saves, more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League, and travels to a Cardiff side who have only scored in 2 of their 6 league games this season.
3) Rui Patricio (WOL) - £4.5m - vs. Southampton (H)
Wolves have kept 2 clean sheets in their last 4 matches and have only conceded 2 goals in that time, showing that the Championship winners from last season have the potential to please FPL players with minimal defensive casualties on the cards. A home encounter with Southampton is prime hunting grounds for a third clean sheet of the season and we tip them to produce the goods this weekend.
4) Paulo Gazzaniga (TOT) - £4.5m – vs. Huddersfield (A)
With Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm out of Gameweek 7’s trip to Huddersfield,
Paulo Gazzaniga looks set to deputise against a side who have only scored 3 goals this season, with The Terriers yet to score twice in a single game this season. This looks a safe enough fixture for some differential points before the more expensive Lloris comes back into the squad after injury.
5) Neil Etheridge (CAR) - £4.6m – vs. Burnley (H)
It’s been a difficult run of fixtures for Cardiff, with the Welsh side losing to Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City in their last 3 Premier League matches. These encounters with 3 of the Top 6 side have yielded just 5 FPL points, which is compared to a hugely impressive 28 points from Etheridge’s opening 3 saves. A home game against Burnley might finally reward a patient 7.8% of FPL owners this weekend.
Others to consider:
David de Gea (MUN), Martin Dubravka (NEW), Jordan Pickford (EVE), Asmir Begovic (BOU), Wayne Hennessey (CRY)
FPL Gameweek 7: Defender Selections
1) Aymeric Laporte (MCI) - £5.7m + - vs. Fulham (H)
2) Kyle Walker (MCI) - £6.6m+ - vs. Fulham (H)
Another home game, another opportunity for Pep Guardiola to rotate his team, yet another likely occasion for a clean sheet. Kyle Walker is an automatic pick with a lack of coverage on the right side for City, whilst Aymeric Laporte steps in at the top of our contention as the best Benjamin Mendy replacement. Laporte was rested midweek to potentially aid a starting birth this weekend, as the Spaniard hunts a fifth Fantasy return in seven.
3) Kieran Trippier (TOT) – £6.1m+ - vs. Huddersfield (A)
Another Mendy replacement is high on the agenda this week as Spurs travel to Huddersfield, with Kieran Trippier’s set-piece potential potentially offering massive hauls for FPL players – which we can see given Huddersfield’s lack of attacking punch. The only concern rests around rotation with Serge Aurier as Spurs host Barcelona in a must-win Champions League at Wembley in the week.
4) Matt Doherty (WOL) - £4.4m – vs. Southampton (H)
5) Ryan Bennett (WOL) – £4.1m – vs. Southampton (H)
Wolves are a team on the rise defensively speaking, with a home tie against a low-key Southampton side expected to yield clean sheets for the newly promoted side. Matt Doherty was superb at right full-back against Burnley in Wolves’s last home tie and could have a similar impact this week, whilst Bennett offers a cheaper route to FPL points in central defence.
6) Luke Shaw (MUN) - £5.1m – vs. West Ham (A)
Man United’s visit to West Ham this weekend has put a little more emphasis on Luke Shaw as an option, with his 10.4% ownership expecting a resurgence after a single point against Wolves. West Ham look set to pose real questions of United’s defensive capabilities, though you can never count Mourinho’s men out of a clean sheet.
7) Sean Morrison (CAR) - £4.9m – vs. Burnley (H)
Despite a win this season and 9 goals conceded in their last 2 games, a visit from Burnley this weekend opens a door up for Sean Morrison to add to his brace of clean sheets and assists. Morrison is a threat in the air in both boxes and will pose a really good battle for Burnley’s usually solid backline.
8) Marcos Alonso (CHE) - £6.9m+ – vs. Liverpool (H)
We finish our defensive considerations with 3 template defensive options, despite facing some difficult fixtures. Marcos Alonso is the top player in the FPL so shouldn’t be ruled out adding to his lone goal, 5 goals and 3 assists. Liverpool will be Chelsea’s hardest home game this season but after a 1-0 in the same fixture last season, and a recent win in the EFL Cup, Chelsea have the upper hand against the table toppers.
9) Aaron Wan-Bissaka (CRY) - £4.3m+ – Bournemouth (A)
Bournemouth pose a massive challenge to Crystal Palace’s clean sheet potential this weekend, but despite that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a BPS magnet and has attracted maximum bonus on 3 occasions this season, more than any other player. If a clean sheet is on the cards, AWB will be rising in rank, and in price, yet again.
10) Andrew Robertson (LIV) - £6.3m+ - vs. Chelsea (A)
We round our selections off with Andrew Robertson. If Liverpool are serious about winning the Premier League this season, the next couple of games at Chelsea, and at home to Man City, will go a long way to define their season. If Liverpool show up, then Andrew Robertson, who has 2 assists and 4 clean sheets this season, will be at the forefront of FPL points this weekend. Robertson will be attacking Chelsea’s weaker right side so could have more joy than Trent Alexander-Arnold, who will be tasked with keeping Eden Hazard quiet.
FPL Gameweek 7: Midfielder Selections
1: Raheem Sterling (MCI) - £11.0mil vs. Brighton (H)
Man City have the standout fixture this gameweek, so much that we don’t need to explain the logic.
2: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - £12.9mil vs. Chelsea (A)
3: Sadio Mane (LIV) - £10.0mil vs. Chelsea (A)
4: James Milner (LIV) - £5.7mil vs. Chelsea (A)
Despite being at Chelsea away from home we can’t ignore the threat of Liverpool. Mane, Salah, and Milner could all be on the points if Liverpool at their peak form. The team they will field will be different from the one that got knocked out of the League Cup, so it could be a different result this time round.
5: Richarlison (EVE) - £6.6mil vs. Fulham (H)
6: Theo Walcott (EVE) - £6.6mil vs. Fulham (H)
The Brazilian was lucky not to get a goal against Arsenal, Petr Cech really saved the Gunners, but I don’t see a repeat for Fulham who have leaked goals galore this season. Richarlison should have a comfortable game to get back to his best. Theo Walcott is also a pretty good bet too.
7: Eden Hazard (CHE) - £11.0mil vs. Liverpool (H)
The Belgian ran Liverpool ragged when he came off the bench at Anfield in the League Cup, his cameo was impressive, and he scored a delightful goal to send the weekends opponents out of the competition. His form cannot be discounted.
8: James Maddison (LEI) - £6.6mil vs. Huddersfield (H)
The Fox has gone from strength to strength and has been a real thorn in the side of most the teams he has faced, with four fantasy returns from six, three goals and one assist is good for a midfielder below £7.0mil. Newcastle prove a stubborn bunch at their best, but Maddison has proved he could break that down from set pieces.
9: Ryan Fraser (BOU) - £5.9mil vs. Crystal Palace (H)
The Scot has been a highlight of the season so far, his form has given the Cherries a boost in not only retaining their place in the league but elevating the club to even higher positions. Bournemouth have been scoring plenty of goals at home and we can’t ignore the potential.
10: Lucas Moura (TOT) - £7.4mil vs. Huddersfield (A)
We can’t forget about Spurs assets as they travel to Huddersfield. Christian Eriksen has been ruled out which means that Lucas will continue getting his opportunity to shine in Spurs team. The Terriers have had no bite to their bark, and they also have conceded the most amount of goals in the Premier League.
FPL Gameweek 7: Forward Selections
1: Harry Kane (TOT) - £12.4mil vs. Huddersfield (A)
The Golden Boot winner is back. Kane is rising the ranks of the strikers once again and is currently level on points with Lacazette and Lukaku who are also on this list. Kane has predominantly got his points whilst on the road, and Huddersfield represents an opportunity for a big return for the England captain.
2: Romelu Lukaku (MUN) - £11.1mil vs. West Ham (A)
There are few things in the universe that go in parallel. Water and air, light and dark, West Ham and Lukaku. Opposites attract, and FPL has been the parallel to the Hammers success for quite a while and if there is a more obvious pick for your teams this week we’d like to know.
3: Sergio Aguero (MCI) - £11.4mil vs. Brighton (H)
The Argentine is the top forward with four goals and four assists from six games which is an incredible turnover, but it is only still four returns from six games, the same as James Maddison. Brighton at home is an obvious pick to continue the great record.
4: Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) - £9.5mil vs. Watford (H)
Arsenal’s leading Frenchman didn’t start the season, Unai Emery thought it would be unwise to start him alongside Aubameyang, like, what is the worst that could happen? Goals? Since coming into the team, he has been unstoppable and is turning out to be the clinical and ruthless striker that Arsenal have been crying out for. It is no accident Lacazette is one of the best forwards in the league…because he is. Watford at home shouldn’t present too much of a challenge to uphold his existing record.
5: Callum Wilson (BOU) - £6.3mil vs. Crystal Palace (H)
Just like Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson cannot be ignored. The Englishman has been in good form from the seasons opening fixtures, and Crystal Palace are embarking on a nightmare run of fixtures starting with Bournemouth.
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